Most Australians fought under either the Australian Red Ensign or the Union Jack in World War II. All Australian Naval personnel fought under the British Naval Ensign in both world wars. Relatively few have fought in declared wars under the Australian Blue Ensign as we now know it.
What was the Australian flag before 1954?
What is now the Australian national flag was created soon after Federation in a competition in which nearly 33,000 people took part. However, for the next 50 years Australia’s official flag was the British flag, the Union Jack. This changed in 1954 when the Flags Act came into effect.
What was the old Australian flag?
Flag of Australia
|Adopted||11 February 1903 in use from 3 September 1901 8 December 1908 (current seven-pointed Commonwealth Star version)|
|Design||A Blue Ensign defaced with the Commonwealth Star (also known as the Federation Star) in the lower hoist quarter and the five stars of the Southern Cross in the fly half.|
What are the 3 Australian flags?
Australia has three official flags: the Australian National Flag, the Australian Aboriginal Flag and the Torres Strait Islander Flag. Each state of territory also has its own flag.
Was Australia’s flag ever red?
History of the Australian Red Ensign
When the Commonwealth Government announced a competition to design a flag for Australia in 1901, entrants were asked to send a design for two flags – one for official and naval purposes and the other for merchant ships. This resulted in a Blue Ensign and a Red Ensign.
Why does Australian flag have 6 stars?
The Stars. The Commonwealth Star is the emblem of Australian Federation. Six points represent the states and the seventh all the federal territories which together constitute the nation, the Commonwealth of Australia. The constellation of the Southern Cross indicates our geographical location in the southern hemisphere …
Why is the Australian flag similar to the New Zealand flag?
Why do New Zealand and Australia use a similar pattern of stars on their flags? Both Australia and New Zealand chose the Southern Cross constellation for their flags. … The colours of the stars on both flags were chosen to complement the colours of the Union Jack shown in the top left-hand corner of both flags.
What Colour was the original Australian flag?
By traditional British understanding, the blue ensign was reserved for official government use although the red ensign was nevertheless still in military circulation until after the 1953 legislation, meaning the 1st and 2nd Australian Imperial Forces served under both the blue and red versions.
What does the Australian flag Symbolise?
Below the Union Jack is a white Commonwealth, or Federation, star. It has seven points representing the unity of the six states and the territories of the Commonwealth of Australia. The star is also featured on the Commonwealth Coat of Arms. The Southern Cross is shown on the flag in white.
Why does Australia still have the Union Jack?
Over the centuries, as the Empire crumbled and colonies gained their independence, these fresh new nations jettisoned the Union Jack from their flags as part of asserting their individual identities.
Can you fly the Aboriginal flag?
Permission is not required to fly the Australian Aboriginal flag, however, the Australian Aboriginal flag is protected by copyright and may only be reproduced in accordance with the provisions of the Copyright Act 1968 or with the permission of Mr Harold Thomas.
Can I get a free Australian flag?
Australian flags can be obtained free of charge through the Constituents’ Request Programme by contacting the electorate office of your local Senator or Member of the House of Representatives. wHo CAN Fly THe AuSTRAlIAN NATIoNAl FlAg? Any person may fly the Australian National Flag.
Can I use the Aboriginal flag?
Unlike most other flags around the world, the Aboriginal flag is still protected by copyright. That copyright is owned by Luritja man Harold Thomas, who created the flag for the National Aboriginal Day march in July 1971.
How do Australians say Merry Christmas?
Quora User, Australian. Saying “Merry Christmas” should do the trick. Or are you asking something else? You simply say “Merry Christmas”.
Why is Australian flag red?
The red in the lower half stands for the earth and the colour of ochre, which has ceremonial significance. The circle of yellow in the centre of the flag represents the sun. The Australian Aboriginal Flag is displayed at Aboriginal centres and is well recognised as the flag of Aboriginal peoples of Australia.
Is the Aboriginal flag official?
The flag has become a symbol of unity and identity for Aboriginal people. In 1995, the Aboriginal flag was recognised by the Australian Government as an official ‘Flag of Australia’ under the Flags Act 1953.